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20 Essential LinkedIn Groups for Law Students & Lawyers

Law school is hard enough without needing any help from outside factors, but an increasingly competitive job market has made it harder than ever to make the transition between law school and working as a lawyer. You'll need all the expertise, guidance, and connections you can get to turn your law degree into a thriving career. One way to start building up those resources and learning more about the professional legal world is by taking advantage of the groups offered on LinkedIn. Law students and young professionals alike will find a great assortment of professional organizations, job search resources, and networking groups that can be a big help in starting off a career on the right foot. We've collected just a few of the dozens of law-related LinkedIn groups here to help you get a head start on smart online networking.

  1. e-LEGAL: Check out the e-LEGAL group for some great networking opportunities. All specializations are represented and you'll even find some information geared toward law students.
  2. Corporate Lawyer Network: Whether you're already working in corporate law or plan to head there after graduation, this group is a great place to look for advice on legal practice and to network with others in the field.
  3. Looking for a job? Don't do it alone! Use groups like LEGALRecruiters to find out what firms or businesses are hiring and get your foot in the door with the help of a professional recruiter.
  4. ABA Young Lawyers Division: What better resource is there for young lawyers than the American Bar Association? This group offers young professionals a place to not only network but to ask questions about practicing law and entering the legal world.
  5. National Bar Association Network: Here you'll find a professional networking group for lawyers, sponsored by the NBA. Lawyers, or those who'll soon be in the profession, can engage in a professional discourse online and get to know others working in their communities.
  6. Leadership for Lawyers: Who doesn't need a little leadership guidance now and again? Through this group, you'll learn about the latest trends and technology in law practice, get a chance to network, and get help with building stronger leadership skills that can serve you in the courtroom and beyond.
  7. Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity: Law students can learn more about this professional fraternity through their online group. With more than 300,000 members nationwide, it can be a great way to connect with other students and new professionals.
  8. INHOUSE LEGAL: Described as a group for legal professionals and lawyers who are working in the world of in-house law, this LinkedIn network is an excellent resource for learning about current issues in this field of law and meeting others who practice it.
  9. Solo Attorney Practitioner's Forum: Want to go out on your own after graduation? You might want to learn a few things about solo business practice first, and this group can be a great way to do so, offering advice on everything from office management to building a practice.
  10. Lawyer Search Guide: Somewhere out there, someone might be searching for a lawyer with the exact skill set you have. In this group, you'll get updates on legal news, a chance to network, and access to requests for often very specific sorts of legal counsel.

  1. Law Students: Through this group with more than 2,800 members, you can connect with other law students from around the world, allowing you to commiserate about the good, the bad, and the ugly of law school.
  2. Law Student Career Network: Join the Law Student Career Network group to meet up with other young legal professionals. You'll get updates on law news, answers to any career questions you might have, and get to enjoy networking with others who are just starting their careers.
  3. Lawyer Marketing: If you plan to start your own law firm, whether today or years down the road, you're going to need to know a thing or two about marketing. One way to do that is by joining a group like this one, which is focused on providing law professionals with advice and insights on building a small business.
  4. Trial Lawyer Network for Lawyers and Attorneys: Those who hope to build a career in trial law will find this group to be especially useful, as it connects those in the profession with one another and allows them to share advice and information that can help make everyone better at their jobs.
  5. Lawyer Referral Exchange: You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, right? Through this group, you can work with nearly 3,000 other lawyers nationwide to help share referrals and bring each other business.
  6. LAW JOBS: If you haven't found a job yet, this group is a must-join. It's full of listings for job openings in the legal profession, from lawyers to judges to clerks. With more than 15,000 members, your chances are good of finding at least one connection that helps in your search.
  7. Prosecutors, District Attorney, Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney Group: Planning to work in criminal law? Join this group to get help with case law, trial tactics, strategy, and more.
  8. Networking for Attorneys: Professionals get a chance to connect here, as well as find opportunities to work with those in finance and other business fields as well.
  9. LegalForce: LegalForce helps businesses to find qualified lawyers to fill their positions, and you can get connected with new opportunities by joining their group to find out more about the help they can offer you.
  10. U.S. Department of Justice: Keep up with the latest developments in law across the U.S. when you join this group. It can also be a great place to ask questions about working for the USDOJ or applying new legislation to real-life situations in the court room.

April 4th, 2012 written by Staff Writers

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